[Mailman-Developers] Re: Password on the wire again!

Bob Puff@NLE bob@nleaudio.com
Mon, 05 Aug 2002 13:54:37 -0400

...or opt out with the simple approach, like I do.. Just disable the monthly password cron job entirely!


David Champion wrote:
> * On 2002.08.04, in <20020804220319.GP19654@merlins.org>,
> *       "Marc MERLIN" <marc_news@merlins.org> wrote:
> >
> > Ahahaha, I'm happpy I'm not the one who get the insults for sending
> > cleartext passwords every month :-)
> Not the only one. I'm tired of those, too, but unfortunately I agree
> with that passwords shouldn't be automatically mailed out, even if the
> signup page does say that passwords should not be secure passwords.
> We modified mailpasswds to send out URLs, posting addresses, and admin
> addresses with no passwords, and a nice banner clearly stating that
> passwords and unsubs should be obtained at the URL. People still can't
> read and process that much at a sitting, though, so it also states that
> no one will read replies, and the patches mailpasswds makes good on
> that by sending from an alias address plugges into an autoresponder
> that re-emphasizes the URL and mentions again our site contact address,
> for anyone with real problems who cares to read that far. It stuffs the
> autoresponder's to: address into an NBDM to prevent mail loops, and
> erases the NDBM each month right before mailings go out.
> It's cut us down from about 1200-1500 junk messages each first of
> the month to about 15 messages, most of which we actually have a
> service-oriented response to. This is a big improvement from saying
> "reread the message we already sent you" hundreds of times.
> https://listhost.uchicago.edu/mailman-files/mailman-ignore/
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